Next project: Bathroom or Kitchen?

May 11, 2012

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to what my next big home improvement project should be. In my home I have 10 rooms, and of those I’d say only two are more than 80% “complete”. Though I don’t believe my home will ever be truly complete since I love the idea of continuously tweaking. Those two most completed rooms are the half bathroom and the dining room, of which you’ve seen quite a bit on this here bloggity.

There are two very important rooms that are both in need of a lot of attention: the full bathroom and the kitchen. Bathrooms and kitchens, while expensive to renovate, typically provide the highest return on your investment. Both are important, but the kitchen is more central to my home and should probably take precedence. The cost of either renovation could easily skyrocket if problems arise or if I splurge on too many things.

I have a line of credit available to me that is up to $5,000 and with a pretty decent interest rate. I’m confident that I could do the bathroom for quite a bit less than that, but the kitchen is something of a mystery to me. Plus I’m not exactly eager to take on more debt. So I’m still weighing the pros and cons. Opinions or advice are welcome!

Even if I do choose to tackle the kitchen first, I definitely need to do a little sprucing up in the bathroom with at least some fresh paint and new lighting. So let’s have a look at some inspirational bathrooms.

I like the contrast between the dark tile and the light walls. Bigger tiles mean less grout lines to clean, something I would definitely take into consideration if remodeling my bathroom. Via Maison & Déco.

The home of Darren Star, photographed by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest.

Beautiful floor. By Ferguson & Shamamian Architect’s via Knight Moves.

This is really all about the view. But the tub is lovely as well. Photographed by Martin Hahn for Real Living Magazine via dustjacket attic.

Beautiful tile work and I love that vanity. Via Nuevo Estilo.

I think you’ve really made it if you have a fireplace in your bathroom. The home of Rela Gleason photographed by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest, via Savvy Home.

I don’t know if I just completely ignore bathrooms that are not primarily white, but it seems to be a very popular choice. Is this not stunning? Designed by Amy Morris, photographed by Erica George Dines for Atlanta Homes Mag, via delight by design.

Easily my favorite in the bunch. Which is yours? 🙂 The home of Brooke Shields, photographed by William Waldron for Architectural Digest, via Simply Smitten.

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  • Reply Elly May 12, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Delighted to stumble across your blog this afternoon! I’m LOVING these clean crisp bathrooms – I agree, the last image is absolutely divine.

    I’ll be back for sure!

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